The Melbourne Rebels have secured utility back Paul Asquith for the 2016 Super Rugby season.
The 22-year-old hails from Wollongong and has spent the last four seasons playing for Southern Districts in Sydney’s Shute Shield Rugby competition, as well as being heavily involved in the Australian Seven’s program.
Asquith was named best back at NRC team the Western Sydney Rams and was selected in the 2015 Australian Barbarians team.
He said: “The NRC and Barbarians were physically demanding and a step up for me, which I relished. The new laws made the game play more fluid which was similar to my experience with the Sevens”.
Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said he was looking forward to seeing Asquith integrate into the Rebels' Program.
McGahan said: “We are thrilled that Paul has joined the squad as we feel that his skill set and versatility will add depth to our backline – his strengths are his speed, agility and ability to find space. He has a good work ethic and the ability to learn which will enable the Rebels program to refine his all round game."
With a week of Rebels pre-season under his belt, Asquith was quick with praise for his new teammates and coaches.
“I’ve noticed a special comradery from both player to player and player to coach which I like. There is a culture around honesty and accountability which means nobody is idle or complacent and this seems to drive the work-ethic”.